Liturgical Seasons

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Continuing with our journey through the documents of the Second Vatican Council, I would like to take a look at the liturgical year. We are just around the corner from the beginning of a new Church year that begins with the First Sunday of Advent. There are really several liturgical calendars in the Church that overlap one another and unless …

First Things First

Deacon Scott Maentz New Evangelization, Year of Faith

Earlier this week, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called upon his brother bishops to lead our Church to a renewed sense of repentance. His suggestion was that though there are many issues facing the Church in the United States today, we should focus on first things first. My brother bishops,  Yes, we have “a lot on our plate” as we commence our …

The Divine Office

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Chapter Four of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy focuses on what is properly called the prayer of the Church, known as the Divine Office or the Liturgy of the Hours. My guess is that most people associate this prayer with the daily prayers of those who live in a monastic setting or as the private prayer …

Indulgences and the Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

Bishop Stika provided the priests of the diocese with this short explanation of indulgences and how to obtain one during the Year of Faith.  A Gift from the Holy Father.  At certain times in the history of the Church, popes have called upon the faithful to dedicate themselves to a deepening of their understanding in a particular area of the …

The Latin Mass

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Certainly one of the biggest changes that Catholics around the world saw as a result of the Second Vatican Council, was the rapid disappearance of Latin in the liturgy as it was replaced by the vernacular. Today there is still a debate within the Church as to whether this was a legitimate development of the council. There are a large …

The Council At 50: All Are Missionaries

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Bishop Gerald Kicanas comments on Vatican II’s call to mission in the Church.  Fifty years ago, the Second Vatican Council issued Ad Gentes Divinitus (Divinely Sent to the Nations). This “Decree on the Church’s Missionary Activity” remains relevant today.  In it the Council Fathers made clear that are all “missionaries.” When most of us think of “missionaries,” we picture priests, sisters and brothers …